Thursday, June 13, 2013



By mid-June, it is normal for the Court to deviate from its normal Monday rulings.  Here are  two interesting rulings.

Texas Water Rights

" The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross the border with Oklahoma for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.
The justices on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that said Oklahoma laws intended to block Texas’ water claims are valid."

DNA cannot be patented

"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that natural human genes cannot be patented by companies, but it said that synthetically produced genetic material can — a mixed ruling for the biotechnology industry.

A naturally occurring piece of DNA is “a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated,” the court said"

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